Thursday September 29th
UConn 2-2 at Houston 4-0: Connecticut is the only team that beat Houston last season, but this year they are favored by 28 points at home. This won’t even be a game with Houston throwing everything at them. Houston should more than cover the spread.
Friday September 30th
Stanford 3-0 at Washington 4-0: Stanford is ranked higher than Washington, but Washington is favored by 3 points. Both teams struggled last week against Pac 12 opponents. Washington is tougher at home and they have a stout defense. The Huskies will probably try and get Stanford Quarterback Burns beat them through the air by shutting down Christian McCaffrey. Winner of this game will gain the upper hand in the Pac 12. This should be a tough, hard fought battle with points hard to come by. Odds makers may be right with Washington winning a tight one.
Saturday October 1st
Syracuse 2-2 at Notre Dame 1-3: Struggling Notre Dame is favored by 10.5 by points. The 1-3
Fighting Irish just fired their Defensive Coordinator and Syracuse can score some points. New Syracuse coach Dino Babers can lead his team to a scoring spree against Notre Dame with a new Defensive Coordinator. Brian Kelly made a mistake firing his Defensive Coordinator right before this game. The Fighting Irish would handle Syracuse pretty easily if not for this firing. As it is, they may still win, but they will have a difficult time covering the spread. I think the Irish win if they score last.
Marshall 1-2 at Pittsburgh 2-2: Pittsburgh is a good team that lost 2 games late. North Carolina beat them last week on the last play of the game. Pitt is favored by 14 points and they should win this game while pounding the Marshall defense with James Conner left and James Conner right.
Arizona 2-2 at UCLA 2-2: ucla by 3
Arizona State 4-0 at USC 1-3: The Sun Devils are unbeaten and the Trojans are having a rough go of it and yet USC is favored by 10 points at home. The Trojans have a lot of talent, but they don’t seem to know how to use them. Graham and Arizona State tends to choke at least a few times every season and USC probably gets a much needed win here. But, I am not really confident in that pick.
Oregon State 1-2 at Colorado 3-1: How long has it been since the Colorado Buffaloes have been the favorite in a football game against a conference foe? They are favored by 17.5 points. Colorado is much improved and should move to 4-1 after winning big at home. Oregon State may not win
many games this season.
Utah 4-0 at California 2-2: Cal is another surprising favorite, but it’s only by 1.5 points. This is obviously a game that could go either way and both teams need the win. Utah has the much better defense and I am picking them to remain undefeated.
Oregon 2-2 at Washington State 1-2: Oregon was in the same kind of shape last season with the Quarterback change. They are favored by 2 points over Washington State. The Cougars are a tough team to figure out, but I am thinking Mike Leach has that passing game going now and they upset the Ducks.
Tennessee 4-0 at Georgia 3-1: Tennessee is in the driver’s seat in the SEC East finally and they will not relinquish it. They are favored by 3.5 points and they should win over a Bulldog team that is clearly not as good as some expected.
Missouri 2-2 at LSU 2-2: The LSU version of the Tigers fired long time coach Les Miles after last week’s loss. Some expect the team to actually respond well and win under interim coach Ed Orgeron. LSU is favored by 13 points and they have the potential to be really good. That potential is still there. LSU should win, but they will be pressed to cover the spread.
Memphis 3-0 at Ole Miss 2-2: Last year, Jessie Palmer said that Ole Miss should worry about Memphis and Brent Musburger laughed at them. Then, Memphis just outplayed Ole Miss and stomped them. Ole Miss is favored by 14.5 points and even though Memphis is unbeaten, the Rebels won’t overlook them this year. Memphis’ coach from a year ago left for Virginia Tech.
Kansas State 2-1 at West Virginia 3-0: West Virginia has always been tough at home and they are favored by 3.5 points against a good Kansas State team. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is one of the best college football coaches of all time but will never get the recognition because he hasn’t won a national title. The Mountaineers will prevail and cover the points.
Oklahoma 1-2 at TCU 3-1: The Sooners, to their credit, have played a tough schedule and they lost both hard games. They are favored by 3.5 points visiting Ft Worth, Texas and taking on the Frogs. Just because I think the Frogs are a little overrated and the hard schedule by Oklahoma, I just don’t see Bob Stoops losing 3 games this early in the season.
Texas 2-1 at Oklahoma State 2-2: Both teams are coming off of losses and both need wins here. The Cowboys are favored by 2.5 points and they are at home. This game is probably a toss up with the Cowboys lassoing the Longhorns.
Wisconsin 4-0 at Michigan 4-0: I am surprised by the odds here with Michigan favored by 10.5 points at home. The Badgers beat LSU and then Michigan State already so they are pretty good. The Wolverines are tough at home, or on the road, and should be favored, but maybe not by 10.5. Michigan wins by about 7, I predict. But, it’s hard to say because Michigan has played the easier
schedule and Wisconsin has been challenged.
North Carolina 3-1 at Florida State 3-1: The Tar Heels are good, but they can’t stop the run. Dalvin Cook should have a field day and Florida State is favored by 10 points. Jimbo Fisher’s Seminole defense is not playing that well right now, either. This game could be outstanding with 2 good teams going at it. Florida State should win a wild one. Just not sure they win by more than 10 points.
Minnesota 3-0 at Penn State 2-2: Penn State is not a bad team even with 2 losses. The Minnesota Gophers are unbeaten, but they struggled against Colorado State last week. The Penn State Nnittany Lions are favored by 3 points and I expect them to cover fairly easily. James Franklin really needs a win here to hold off the wolves for longer.
Miami 3-0 at Georgia Tech 3-1: I am liking the Hurricanes this season and they are looking good under new coach Mark Richt. The Hurricanes are favored by 7 points and they should cover against a decent Georgia Tech team that plays tough at home.
Rutgers 2-2 at Ohio State 3-0: Ohio State is favored by 38.5 points against their former Defensive Coordinator. Buckeyes looked great on the road at Oklahoma last week and should continue to improve. They will be able to name their score against Rutgers and Chris Ash which means they should win by about 40.
Purdue 2-1 at Maryland 3-0: Under DJ Durkin, the Maryland Terrapins are looking better and they are favored by 10 points. Purdue is still looking to improve under Darrell Hazell and I like some of their players, but Hazell is probably fired after the season ends unless they surprise some people. With the Big 10 looking stronger, it’s going to be tough for Purdue. Maryland should win and probably cover.
Illinois 1-2 at Nebraska 4-0: Nebraska is favored by 21 points and they look much better under
second year coach, Mike Riley. This is still not the Huskers of old, but they are improved. Lovie Smith is coaching at Illinois and he should get it done, but it won’t be this season. Nebraska covers the spread at home.
Michigan State 2-1 at Indiana 2-1: Michigan State looked awful at home against the Badgers last week and they are favored by 7 at Indiana. The Hoosiers threw 5 picks last week and lost to Wake Forest. They are really not a bad team and should bounce back this week. But, Michigan State should still be the better team and they cover the spread.
Louisville 4-0 at Clemson 4-0: The game of the week. 2nd ranked Clemson is hosting the 3rd rated Louisville Cardinals. Quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville has taken this nation by storm and they are favored by 2 points to beat Clemson at Death Valley. If the Louisville that thumped Florida State shows up, the Clemson Tigers are in trouble. I am picking something of an upset as Louisville takes control of the ACC